*  Exported from  MasterCook Mac  *
                      Crab Cakes With Basil Mayonnaise
 Recipe By     : September 1995
 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :1:00
 Categories    : Appetizers                       Fish & Seafood
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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                         BASIL MAYONNAISE
   40      whole         basil leaves
    1 1/2  cups          mayonnaise
    2      teaspoons     Dijon mustard
    2      teaspoons     lemon juice
      1/4  teaspoon      cayenne pepper
                         CRAB CAKES
    2      tablespoons   olive oil
    2      stalks        celery -- finely chopped
      2/3  cup           finely chopped onion
    1      pound         lump crabmeat -- picked clean
    2 2/3  cups          dry bread crumbs
      1/4  cup           chopped chives
    2      tablespoons   chopped parsley
    6      tablespoons   flour
    3      large         eggs
    2      tablespoons   vegetable oil
 FOR BASIL MAYONNAISE : Blanch basil leaves in saucepan of boiling water
 for 30 seconds. Drain. Transfer leaves to medium bowl filled with ice
 water to cool. Pat dry on paper towels. Finely chop basil . Mix
 mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and cayenne together. Set aside 1/2 cup
 mayo for the crab cakes. Mix basil into remainder and refrigerate.
 FOR CRAB CAKES : Heat olive oil in large heavy skillet over medium
 heat. Add cel ery and onion and saut<8E> until tender, about 5
 minutes. Transfer to a large bo wl. Stir in crabmeat, 2/3 cup
 breadcrumbs, chopped chives, and reserved mayonana ise. Season to
 taste with salt and pepper. Using 1/3 cup for each, form into 12 2
 1/2 cakes. Arrange cakes on a baking sheet.
      Place flour in a small bowl. Whisk eggs in another bowl. Place
 remaining 2 cups breadcrumbs in a third bowl. Bread each cake in the
 following order: flour, eggs, then breadcrumbs. Heat 1 tablespoon oil
 in large skillet over medium heat . Add crab cakes in batches, cooking
 until golden, adding more oil as required.  Serve with basil
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 Per serving: 667 Calories; 57g Fat (76% calories from fat); 20g
 Protein; 20g Car bohydrate; 182mg Cholesterol; 687mg Sodium